By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: June 2007
Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, front, stands with staff members (L to R): Beth Ragsdale, Kathi Ragsdale, Dee Hildebrand and Tonja Bartley.
With new techniques at the Vascular and Vein Laser Center in Claremore, vein therapy is easier than ever. Nearly 50 percent of the adult population suffers from unattractive and painful vein diseases. Both men and women can develop disorders in their veins. Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, D.O., is a certified general, vascular and endovascular surgeon who performs the procedures at the Vascular and Vein Laser Center. He and his staff always strive to give their patients the best care possible.
A procedure known as sclerotherapy, which involves the injection of a solution directly into the vein, has been and still is performed to rid people of unsightly veins. Until recently, sclerotherapy was one of the few procedures offered to relieve vein problems. Endoluminal Ablation of the Saphenous Vein, better known as ELAS, is a newer procedure performed to more effectively reduce the look of unsightly veins.
ELAS is the main procedure performed at the Vascular and Vein Laser Center. A treatment that uses ultrasound guidance to deliver laser energy, ELAS is only minimally invasive. Patients experience little discomfort, few complications and a short recovery time with ELAS. “This procedure is one that is minimally invasive, produces good results and is generally very well tolerated by the patients,” says Dr. Hrdlicka.
The ELAS therapy is also quicker and more affordable than traditional vein stripping. The treatment can be covered by insurance if it has been declared to be medically necessary. “ELAS is performed in our office under local anesthesia in less than two hours,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “Our patients are awake during the entire procedure.” A form of anesthesia, called tumescent anesthesia, has been used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for years. Now used in vein procedures, it minimizes bleeding and has lasting effects to help with any postoperative discomfort.
ELAS therapy has many advantages. Pain caused by veins is immediately relieved, and the appearance is greatly improved with no scarring. A quick recovery time follows with little pain. Walking after the procedure is encouraged, and daily activity can be resumed immediately.
The radio frequency ablation procedure is another treatment offered at the Vascular and Vein Center. If you experience swollen limbs, leg heaviness and fatigue, or if you seen skin changes or skin ulcers, consider the treatment. Used to treat venous statis ulcers and varicose veins, the procedure provides immediate relief of symptoms.
“I encourage anyone to schedule an appointment that is experiencing discomfort or has concerns about the appearance of veins in their legs,” says Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, D.O. “An initial consultation is free and, after the problem has been diagnosed, a treatment plan is set up. The patient is then counseled on what to expect from the treatments and what results can be achieved.”
Vascular and Vein Laser Center’s hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (918) 341-5311. Dr. Hrdlicka welcomes any patient wanting a consultation on how to improve their unsightly veins.